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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,027 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,027
Reviews: 2,171
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 173
Gots: 402 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed with American pale and crystal malts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. There's a trophy in every glass.

2009 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – GOLD
2009 Colorado State Fair – Best of Show
2006 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER
2005 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER
1999 Great American Beer Festival® India Pale Ale - GOLD

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002)
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-12-2013 17:17:25 | More by Prospero
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evenKeelD

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-12-2013 16:22:46 | More by evenKeelD
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A very light golden hue with a light film and nice lacing.

S: Very light floral and citrus notes that were very hard to discern.

T: The hops finally come through and are apparent here. It has a very even keel of a hop profile throughout. A good blend of pine and citrus.

M: Very smooth with light bubbles. It was easy going down but got harsher as it warmed.

O: Not a bad IPA, but I would like to try it in a bottle. It came across as a very light IPA. The smell was almost non-existent, but it may have been a bad pour or something from the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 13:46:52 | More by gillagorilla
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-12-2013 12:55:02 | More by Atomicskis5
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micahmye

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-12-2013 02:16:02 | More by micahmye
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Thompsonesq

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-12-2013 01:57:52 | More by Thompsonesq
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apg1014

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-11-2013 05:54:37 | More by apg1014
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Bones10

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-11-2013 01:25:09 | More by Bones10
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dochorst

Colorado

5/5  rDev +19%

04-10-2013 22:49:41 | More by dochorst
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bear Republic Brewing Co. - Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Look - Pours hazy (semi-filtered) golden amber with a decent fizzy head. Good lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts with resin and citrus hops. Some spice as well. One dimensional here.

Taste - Quick spicy malt introduction followed by a graceful blast of hops. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel - Easy on the palate and quite drinkable. Slightly boozy but otherwise decent.

Overall - Solid IPA, good balance, smooth and west coast style. If I had to knock it I would say it not unique at all Green Flash makes one that gives this one a run for its money.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 22:35:03 | More by JMScowcroft
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Christian1

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-10-2013 19:09:39 | More by Christian1
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sofisdad

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-10-2013 16:59:40 | More by sofisdad
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rand

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tap to pint glass

Pours a clear straw-yellow with an orange hue, frothy head that leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

It smells of freshly cut pine and citrus, sweet pastries, lemongrass spice.

The flavors follow, nicely hop-forward with a hop oil-astringency at the base of the palate. Toffee-malts and a bready complexion add depth and satiate. Short, bitter finish with ample carbonation scrubbing the palate between sips.

A classic IPA, perhaps the original West Coast style. I could never get tired of this beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 04:21:13 | More by rand
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BlackBearForge

Florida

3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber in the glass with a bone white head leaving some pretty nice lacing.

The aroma is floral hoppy and very fresh with a bit of lemony citrus and background of resin.

The flavor is upfront hoppy but not overly bitter. There is enough malt to keep things in check leaving a pleasant bitterness on the finish which is on the dry side. Hops are equal parts resin and grapefruity citrus with a bit of orange thrown in.

Overall this is a very nice and immensely likeable West coast hop delight, crisp and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 22:36:20 | More by BlackBearForge
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slashes2

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-09-2013 22:21:33 | More by slashes2
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Trruss1086

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-09-2013 19:16:40 | More by Trruss1086
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FreshZ

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-09-2013 16:04:15 | More by FreshZ
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: poured four times into my toothbrush holder plastic tumbler (hotel room in San Fran) on 4 Feb 2013.

Pale amber body with an off-white head.

Hoppy, bitter and dry tasting: I'd had it in a sink full of ice while we went out and I thought it got better as it warmed, when cold it had little to no bite from its hoppiness, once a bit warmer the hops really asserted themselves and they came alive.

I'm not a huge 'hop monster' but I thought this was very drinkable in deed.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 13:21:03 | More by BlackHaddock
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SeaOfShells

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-09-2013 04:04:13 | More by SeaOfShells
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Mark88

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-09-2013 02:21:05 | More by Mark88
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Dasein11

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-09-2013 00:53:41 | More by Dasein11
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BigEZ_VZ

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-08-2013 19:57:31 | More by BigEZ_VZ
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JRdaSconnie

Wisconsin

2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: bottle from mix & match, not refridgerated, poured into New Belgium globe and allowed to warm.

S: light piney, typical West Coast hop profile. Not strong on aroma. Stale crackers, musty grass.

A: bright gold, slightly hazy. Soapy, large bubbles drop from two finger head to just a layer. No lace, no legs.

T: again, not much going on. Some pine, citrus, orange pith bitterness. Malt is flat. Finishes slightly bitter.

M: thin body, no alcohol warmth, slick finish but bitterness coats mouth. Feel a trace of acid on teeth.

O: disappointed. Thinking this one hung out on a shelf for too long. May try again but not rushing to do so.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 19:19:51 | More by JRdaSconnie
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mrw1zard

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-08-2013 16:10:40 | More by mrw1zard
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hopkrid

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-08-2013 02:03:36 | More by hopkrid
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,027 ratings.